Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham is excited about the possibilities for the Panthers headed into the 2011 season. Instituting a new offensive and defensive scheme can be difficult, but the former Tulsa coach was happy with what he saw out of the team this spring. One particular surprise was the improvement of backup quarterback Anthony Gonzalez. Unfortunately for Gonzalez, his status on the team is now threatened from a reported marijuana-related arrest that has left him suspended indefinitely.
Late Tuesday night, the University of Pittsburgh simply announced that Gonzalez had been suspended indefinitely for team rules. But on Wednesday morning, CBS-affiliate KDKA-2 in Pittsburgh shed new light on the suspension.
Bill Kline from The Morning Call, reports that Bethlehem (PA.) police said that Gonzalez was arrested early Friday on a charge of marijuana possession in Bethlehem. Gonzalez and two other men were arrested at 12:46 a.m. Friday at E. 3rd and Hobart streets in Bethlehem, police said. All three men are 19 and from Bethlehem, police said.Gonzalez and one of the other men are being charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. The crime does not throw up any red flags about PIttsburgh's team, but it does make for an unfortunately set of circumstances for Gonzalez. The redshirt freshman quarterback was named Pitt's most improved player at the conclusion of spring practice, and likely was the first off the bench behind incumbent starter Tino Sunseri. Now Graham will have the option to let Gonzalez earn his way back on the team, or choose to remove him permanently should he continue to repeat this kind of behavior. It's not the kind of decisions that new head coaches like to make, but you have to start sometime.